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Why I love Perfect Red Lips July 17, 2013 : Make Up For Ever London By Tina Harris

Finding the right red lipstick can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But once you find your color, the world is yours.

Why I love Perfect Red Lips

I love the feeling of power I get wearing red. If the meek are going to inherit the earth, they won't do it in pale pink lipstick

Why I love Perfect Red Lips

July 17, 2013 : Make Up For Ever London By Tina Harris

Finding the right red lipstick can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But once you find your color, the world is yours.

I remember my first red. Up until then, I had always played around with a pinkish brown color palette that could sometimes veer towards a light brick red. But not, as my mother would say, a true red.

Then one day I was at Bendel’s trying on lipsticks. The make-up artist at the counter looked at me, suggested that first red and, frankly, couldn’t have been more spot on. I have never looked back.

When I was asked to write an article about why I wear red lipstick every day of my life, I wasn’t sure where to start. But then I made a list of Why’s and it became crystal clear. I’m the most me in red.

Here, then, my Top 5 list of why red has become my go-to lipstick:

1. I love the feeling of power I get wearing red. If the meek are going to inherit the earth, they won't do it in pale pink lipstick. When I’m wearing red, nothing can stop me.

2. Red adapts well (either that or I’ve become good at adapting it). If I go for glossy, or a straight red gloss in a tube, it’s less serious. More playful. The key to the look is starting with a matte lipstick. Many make the mistake of starting with a really moist lipstick and then adding a gloss but do that and you’ll be taking in on the chin within the hour. I can also go matte for a more dramatic look. When I want it matte, I just put on my lips – this one today  - dab a hint of powder over it to blot it, and forget about it.

3. I do not have timid lips. It took me awhile to admit it, but hey, my lips are my best feature. It makes sense to highlight them.

4. Red is bold. And bold is good. But red is also a classic. And I like that, too. Because sometimes I’m looking for a bold look but sometimes I’m going for my inner Jackie O.

5. My days are long, whether doing a shoot or the shows – a little mascara and some red lipstick and I’m good to go. Polished in under two minutes.

For those of us who work in the industry, red lipstick is as timeless as, well, time.  Periodically, I get a new one. Totally unnecessary, perhaps. But not to my morale. This is the latest, greatest that’s rocking my world  #37 Rouge Artist Intense. I might just buy shoes that match.

Try it. Play with it. Find your red. See if you don’t feel ready to take on the world.

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